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Decanter Magazine's 'Outstanding' South African Chardonnay: 96/100 points 

Thelema Sutherland Chardonnay, Elgin, South African 2015 - £12.95
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Tim Atkin MW (Decanter Magazine): "An alluring meaty, aromatic, reductive nose - complex stuff. It is dense, smoky and mineral, as well as long and savoury with tangy acidity. This has lovely focus and a fine, tapering finish. Very classy!" 96 points

John Hoskins MW (Decanter Magazine): "Struck match complexity comes through to the fore; it is modern and very expressive. A truly fine Chardonnay. Spice and tightly wound richness combines with excellent freshness underpinning the whole. How can this be under £13?! This is where South Africa rules the roost - exceptional, unbeatable value in the mid-price tier. " 96 points

Greg Sherwood MW (Decanter Magazine): "It is hard to deny the complex nose of struck match reduction on this wine, which mingles with green pears and dusty granitic minerality. Lean and austere, just like a young premier cry Burgundy: super linear with rapier acidity. Serious stuff - I love it." 95 points

 

Decanter Magazine's 'Outstanding' red Rioja: 95/100 points

Ortubia 'Single Estate' Rioja Reserva, Spain 2007 - £19.95
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Decanter (Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW): "A discreet, austere and classy style of reserva. Its character is indicative of a cooler climate and it is masterfully aged. A great classic - shows the true essence of Rioja" 95 points

Decanter (Sarah Jane Evans MW): "Forward and lively aromatics flow onto a dark and savoury palate - a stimulating combination. The whole ensemble is backed up byhigh acidity, pointing to a cool climate." 95 points

Decanter (Pierre Mansour): "Mature and stylish, this fleshy Rioja is showing great potential, but is also perfectly ready to drink now. Its smooth, mellow finish lends itself to drinking on its own or with food." 95 points
 

'Benchmarking Shiraz and Syrah from Australia' featured on JancisRobinson.com (28/10/16)

Strenua Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2015 - £26.00, 17.5/20 points
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JancisRobinson.com: "85% whole-bunch fermented. Matured six months in 500-litre puncheons. Peppery! So well defined. Fresh steak tartare, blueberry, blackcurrant and fine tannin. So drinkable! Yet very serious. Wonderful appealing softness." 17.5/20 points

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Jamesheed 'Garden Gully' Syrah, Great Western, Australia 2013
£29.50, 18/20 points
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JancisRobinson.com: "Olive and black cherry flavours with very fine tannic bite. Soft, meaty and mineral. Extraordinary clarity." 18/20 points


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Lethbridge Shiraz, Geelong, Victoria, Australia 2013
£30.00, 17.5/20 points
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JancisRobinson.com: "Planted 1969. 100% whole bunch fermentation.There's a vegetal note here from the stems, which works brilliantly in the mix. Vibrant metallic minerality too - crunchy, fresh, ferrous, earthy and bloody. Drink 2016-2024." 17.5/20 points

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Decanter Magazine's 'Outstanding' Chilean Pinot Noir: 95/100 points

Chono, Pinot Noir, Casablanca,
Chile 2013 - £11.95
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Peter Richards MW (Decanter Magazine): "Elegant, with light baked herbs and leafy notes, plus dried and fresh red fruit. Fine abundant tannin and classy maturity. Very focused, pure and savoury. Accomplished and elegant in age, but perhaps needs some food. Love this!" 95/100 points

Patricio Tapia (Decanter Magazine):
 "Evolved, but still with lovely tannin structure and vibrant acidity. Very attractive and enjoyable indeed." 95/100 points

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW (Decanter Magazine): 
"Showing its age - at its peak of drinking - but the bouquet is elegant, restrained and complex akin to an old world wine. Lovely tertiary notes and silky texture." 95/100 points

"Chono was founded by Alvaro Espinoza in 2004 and was later sold to Colchagua-based producer Sutil, in 2011. The wines focus on specific terrors for each variety. Winemaker Oscar Salas has been making Pinot Noir for more than a decade, and prioritises gentle extraction and a bit of barrel-ageig, 'to let the terroir shine but with a multi-faceted profile'. A lifted, pure and focused mid-weight style with fine tannins." Decanter Magazine

 

Decanter Magazine's 'Outstanding' New Zealand Pinot Noir: 95/100 points

Schubert 'Marion's Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Wairarapa, New Zealand 2013 - £27.50
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Decanter Magazine: Schubert makes two flagship Pinot Noir labels: the more structured Block B and this more approachable, but no less intense wine. It's made from just two Pinot Noir clones: the Pommard clone and so-called Abel clone which is rumoured to have been taken from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's La Tache vineyard and is exclusive to New Zealand. From a top vintage and made with an eye on quality from vineyard to bottle, this wine is a true expression of vineyard. 

Melanie Brown (Decanter Magazine): Bewitching floral purity on the nose. Impressive depth of character which is enhanced by well-managed oak that is beautifully with the silky tannins to give a fresh, elegant finish." 95/100 points

Christine Parkinson (Decanter Magazine): "
Cafe au lait notes are woven around cooked damson flavours, giving a round, supple wine. The tannins are fleshy and gorgeously smooth." 95/100 points

Philip Tuck MW (Decanter Magazine): "Lusciously deep, mineral and attractive. A core of fruit structure and superbly integrated oak tannins. Great attitude, confidence and poise." 95/100 points

 

Decanter Magazine's Outstanding UK Sparkling Wine: 96/100 points

 

Sugrue Pierre 'The Trouble With Dreams' Brut, East Sussex 2011 - £38.00
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Decanter: From a small 1ha vineyard at Storrington Priory at the foot of the South Downs, some on chalk and some on sandy greensand, this wine is a great example of a classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend. It has a backbone of acidity along with ripe Pinot fruit and a palate-pleasing level of dosage, helping to hit all the right spots. Ace winemaker Dermot Sugrue has certainly come up trumps with this wine from his own personal label, and produced a wine that while drinking well now, has the power to last for a lot longer. 

Decanter (Stephen Skelton MW): "Fantastic! Fruit to the fore and huge length. Perfect!!97 points

Decanter (Richard Hemming MW): "Sweet, ripe juicy nose with an attractive stone fruit character. Soft easy-drinking structure. Really enjoyable." 95 points

Decanter (Justin Howard-Sneyd MW): "Fair, bready nose. Broad open palate with some definition." 95 points

 

Decanter Magazine's Top-Scoring Alentejo Red: 'Outstanding', 95/100 points

Esporão Quatro Castas, Alentejo, Spain 2014 - £12.95
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Decanter: "With leading moderniser and Australian David Baverstock at the helm since 1992, this immaculately conceived, sizeable operation in Reguengos de Monsaraz consistently delivers bright, very polished wines at every price point. Easily the cheapest of the top five, this blend of equal parts Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Touriga Franca from moisture-retentive schistous clay loam soils cleverly focuses on terroir and grapes which deliver perfume, freshness and structure. The Cabernet brings a dash of finesse.

Sarah Ahmed: "Judicious use of Cabernet brings focused blackcurrant to this blend. Lovely length, intensity of fruit and balance." 95/100 points

Joanna Locke MW: "Heady black fruits on the nose; spicy, velvety and chocolately on the palate, with good length and freshness for all its concentration." 95/100 points

Nick Oakley: "Some dusty tannins, mineral notes and red fruits, combined with elegant oak and a dry finish. A versatile and sophisticated wine; good with food or alone." 95/100 points

 

Decanter Magazine's Top-Scoring Gigondas: 'Outstanding', 18.5/20 points (95/100 points)

Domaine de Coyeux Gigondas, Rhone, France 2012 - £28.00
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Top Gigondas in Decanter Magazine's Panel Tasting from 83 tasted!

Decanter
(Jonathan Livingstone-Learmonth): "Swish Gigondas with swashbuckling flair. The nose will give plenty in time; for now there are hints of blue fruit and iodine. Expressive with bright berry fruit and precise tannins."

Decanter (Simon Field MW): "A bold and uncompromising style; tannins and menthol character are both in evidence. Shows dark fruit and savoury power that are held nicely in suspension.
An accomplished piece of work. Richly traditional, with a vestigial rawness tempered by the sheer quality of the fruit, along with a sweetly savoury finish -  deliciously contradictory, just delicious in fact. A great match for a plate of game." 18.5/20 points (95/100 points)

Decanter
(Marcel Orford-Williams): "The vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the Beaumes-de-Venise touch one another at this point. This estate's production of Gigondas is small, but the quality here was excellent, and it is well worth seeking out." 18.5/20 points (95/100 points)

"Former owner Yves Nativelle built up this estate - in the beautiful heights of Beaumes-de-Venise, around the back of the Dentelles - to more than 60ha of Muscat, with a small patch of Gigondas and some Beaumes red. However the decision to paint a cellar beam resulted in an airborne bacterial infection that lasted years, with the wines slipping off the radar and the vineyard suffering neglect. Sold in 2013, the de Feraudy brothers are reviving it; the 2012 Gigondas is a juicy, stylish wine with notes of pine and lavender." 

This wine will be released in January 2016. You are welcome to place your order now for later delivery or you can place an unpaid reserve by emailing: james@vincognito.co.uk

 

Featured in Decanter Expert Choice 'Alternative Australia' - Sarah Ahmed's top 18 wines: 

Adelina Grenache, Clare Valley, Australia 2012 - £24.00
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Decanter Magazine's 'Top Australian 2012 Reds': "Sourced form a 0.8ha block planted more than 70 years ago, the lower yields in 2012 mean this beauty is in short supply. The mellow, haunting aromas of red plum and raspberry are entwined with more lifted elements of dried wild flowers and sandalwood. The palate has a lithe, juicy and very composed shape – flavours follow in the tangy berry spectrum. This is powerful yet contained and it will age superbly." 19/20 pts (96/100 pts)

Sarah Ahmed (writing for Decanter): "Violets and sandalwood, sweet plum and raspberry, slinky tannins and minerally acidity. Captivating!"19/20 pts (96/100 pts)

 

Featured in Decanter's 'Portugal: whites to excite' - Sarah Ahmed's top 22 exciting wines from Portugal:

Conceito, Douro Superior 2013 - £32.00 - buy here

 

Decanter Magazine: "Classy French oak; powerful ripe lemon, lemon oil and salty, piquant minerality take the breath away. Wonderful concentration and length. Drink 2015-2020. Alc: 13%" 95 points

 
 

Wine & Soul, Guru, Cima Corgo, Douro 2013 - £27.95

(not yet in the UK - arriving later this summer)

Decanter Magazine: "Taut with flinty cordite, lime peel, pith and oil and smoked hazelnut. A racy, mineral wine; exceptional purity, line and length. Drink 2015-2020. Alc: 12.5%" 96 points

 

Quinta do Ameal, Loureiro, Vinho Verde 2013 - £11.95 
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Decanter Magazine: "Wonderful delicacy with intensity, with lifted floral/bath salts notes, earthier green tomato, celery salt, fennel and juicier lime and sweet tangerine. Long mineral finish." 93 points

 

Just rated 'Outstanding' and awarded 95 points by Decanter Magazine - their top-scoring Spanish Garnacha of 90 wines tasted

Palacio de Sada Crianza, Bodega San Francisco Javier, Navarra 2011 - £9.75/bt
 

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: "Discreet, restrained and elegant, with classic red berry fruit and lovely floral hints. Well structured, finely grained, sensual, deep and complex. Top-quality Garnacha fruit." - 18.5/20 points

Sarah Jane Evans MW"Floral with cedar notes and oranges paired with red fruits. This is an opulent style of Garnacha. Deliciously long and succulent palate. Spicy, savoury finish. Very good wine." - 18.5/20 points

Pierre Mansour"Tarry nose and an intense, controlled palate of fine tannins and a full finish. Definitely a food-worthy wine." - 18.5/20 points

Decanter Magazine:
"This excellent Crianza shows exactly what good young Navarra Garnacha is all about, with straightforward expression of fruit and a year in oak.
 

 

Decanter magazine's
highest-scoring Barolo
95/100 points

Barolo 'Fossati', Cascina Adelaide, Piedmont 2010 - £36.00/bt
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"Beautifully pure and precise aromas and flavours of red cherry, rose and sweet spices with lacy minerality on the long finish. This screams La Morra, which isn't always the case in 2010 with wines from this commune" 
Ian D'Agata 18.5pts (95/100)

"Youthful, full, woody and spicy aromas over intense black fruit. Fragrant dark cherry and liquorice flavours with lovely balance. Excellent length and very pretty aromas to finish"
Michael Garner 18.75pts (95/100)

"More fragrant that most. A lot of ripeness and sweetness but delicate flavours of peach and summer fruits. Feels typical of La Morra"
Emily O'Hare 18.5pts (95/100)


Decanter Magazine: "Cascina Adelaide may not be the sexiest or most talked-about name in Barolo, but insiders know that the estate makes solid Barolos offering great value. The estate has been around since 1817, but the turning point came in 1999 when current owner Annibale Drocco took over; winemaker Sergio Molino helps fashion a bevy of site-specific wines in a traditional style (macerations routinely last 300 hours or more; ageing is a minimum of two years in large oak barrels). Fossati is a high-quality vineyard located next to Brunate and Cerequio (generally considered two of the six best vineyards of the DOCG), and in typical La Morra fashion offers explosive perfume and ripeness of red cherry fruit flavours."

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Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut Champagne NV
 

Decanter Magazine (top festive buys, January issue 2014): “This cuvee is a great introduction to this small family house that specialises in Chardonnay. This wine offers richness but also subtle, white floral notes. It spent three years on its lees and was bottled with very low dosage. Very vinous with a nice mouthfeel. Great Price!”17.75/20

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: “The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is a supple wine graced with exquisite textural finesse and elegance. Varietal Chardonnay notes flow effortlessly from this soft, caressing Champagne.”

Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015“Fourny’s mandate of purity and precision shimmers in lemon zest, grapefruit pith, fresh pear, crunchy white peach and granny smith apple of soap-powder brightness. Pristine fruit expression, wonderful concentration and refinement are upheld at every moment, propelled by the texture and depth of barrel-aged reserves, adding hints of roast nuts and a suggestion of anise. A long, soft, salty mineral finish speaks clearly of the terroir of Vertus.” 94/100 points

James Halliday: “Veuve Fourny is a small family-owned estate business offering great value for money. A flowery bouquet with citrus zest, hints of spice and toast; a long, intense palate with some nutty/biscuit notes before a vivid, fresh finish. This is a lovely, lissom Blanc de Blancs.” 95/100 points

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